The Weeknd reigns atop of this week’s Billboard 200 with his fourth studio album ‘After Hours.’
Preceded by hits ‘Heartless’ (a #1) and ‘Blinding Lights,’ the set had long been touted as one of the year’s most anticipated.
And it’s delivered in a big way.
Details on its huge debut after the jump…
With the numbers counted and verified, the set premieres at #1 on the Billboard 200 with a colossal first week figure of:
[Sales Plus Streaming]
Of the sum, 275,000 were traditional album sales (helped in earnest by a tour ticket bundle). While roughly 170,000 units were amassed from streaming.
The project’s streaming impact (220.7 million total streams of individual tracks) notably meant that ‘After Hours’ would have been #1 even if it never “sold” a single copy! A fact that’s no doubt indicative of changing times.
In rocketing into pole position, it pushes last week’s winner Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘Eternal Atake’ to #2 (with a still impressive 115k tallied).